Maybe you’ve already set your New Year’s resolutions, or perhaps you plan on taking all of January to figure out which new habits you want to start. But whether you’re a “hit the ground running” type of person or you take a slow and steady approach, the start of the year is the perfect time to reset and refresh both physically and mentally.
Thankfully, you don’t have to change everything at once! Small and simple changes could be the keys to increasing your overall well-being this year. If enjoying life and staying optimistic are on your list of resolutions this year, then start with these tips for becoming a happier person!
How to Be a Happier Person
Optimism is a wonderful habit, but it’s not always easy to maintain. If you’re struggling with how to be a happier and more optimistic person, here are a few ways to start:
Learn how to be present.
A happier life often begins with more mindful and grounded living. All too often, we find ourselves in one place physically, but don’t notice that our brains have carried us far away—so much so that we’ve completely tuned out what’s happening right in front of us. And with so much technology at our fingertips, it’s almost too easy to disconnect. Activities like mindfulness meditation, yoga, or even a few minutes of deep breathing can help you recenter and stay in the moment.
Start a gratitude practice.
Your first instinct might be to find things to change about your life to increase happiness. But one way to be a happier person is to appreciate things as they already are! Cultivate more gratitude in your life by using a gratitude journal. Write down five things you’re grateful for each morning or evening. Challenge yourself to try new things and never repeat something on your lists!
Spend more time with loved ones.
The holidays give us lots of time with friends, family, and loved ones. But once we’re back to our post-holiday routines, it’s easy to feel isolated or even depressed–especially if you live in an area with cold weather that keeps you inside. But regularly spending time with those you love can boost your spirits! Block out a few hours each week to meet with a friend. See a comedy show together, enjoy a relaxing painting event, or cozy up at your favorite coffee shop to catch up on each other’s lives.
Evaluate your work-life balance.
Burnout can be one of the biggest enemies to a happier lifestyle. If you’ve noticed a lack of motivation at work lately (even if you love your job), it’s time to make time for more play! Take up a hobby (like painting!), try a random sport (ever heard of duckpin bowling?), or travel to a place you love (like that cute coffee shop you pass every day) even if only for a few hours. Doing things purely for enjoyment can clear your mind and give you sharper focus when you head back to work—just don’t take work with you on your playtime adventures!
Learn something new.
Are you stuck in a rut? Invite something new into your life! Learn a new language, discover your artistic side, sign up for kickboxing class, or finally learn how to bake! New activities and experiences like these can expand your horizons and create happy memories you’ll cherish for years to come.
Sip, Smile, and Shine with a Painting Event Near You
Are you ready to jumpstart your journey toward happier living? Start it at Painting with a Twist! Whether you’re relieving stress, connecting with loved ones, changing up a date night routine, or just taking some time for yourself, we have the happy vibes you need. Find painting events near you, and get ready to sip, smile, and shine your way into a new decade.